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Does the high level of Lego sets available hinder creativity when building?
I don't normally start new threads and I apologise if the subject has been discussed before but I have just read an article in Blocks magazine by Ed Mack from Brickpicker concerning whether the sheer volume of sets available in current years means that creative building is not what it once was with Lego due to their target audience buying, building then wanting to move on to the next set.
Just looking at the number of sets available over the years I do see what he is getting at.
1965 - 30 sets released
1975 - 43 sets released
1985 - 140 sets released
1995 - 161 sets released
2005 - 397 sets released
2015 - 769 sets released
(These figures are taken from the main site and they obviously include the CMF lines in the appropriate years.)
Now from an AFOL'S point of view this may not be so much of an issue as many AFOL'S have settled on a course of either collecting certain themes, MOC building, collecting older boxed sets, investing or just building what sets take their fancy. We also have the luxury of sites like Bricklink and Brickowl with a healthy diet of credit card to help us along with our chosen path.
But what about Lego's target audience?
In a world of ever increasing rinse and repeat pastimes, does the volume of different sets create a culture of just having, as opposed to using what you have, to good effect?
When I think back to when I was younger, I am surprised by how creative I could be with a bucket of loose bricks in a surprisingly small amount of colours.
Yet for me now, with so many sets still waiting to be to built, doing something so simple as finding a place on a set for the spare parts so they don't get lost can be a pain, as once the set is built (after the obligatory swooshing when no ones looking) I put it up for display for a time, then move on to build the next one.
I do wonder if someone like myself, who loves to build with Lego, can get caught up in the buy and build, then move on culture if there may be some truth to Eds piece.
(And I apologise for rambling on)
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